WELCOME TO SAINT ANDREW’S

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At St. Andrew’s, we welcome everyone who seeks to experience God (in some way) – and we respect the dignity of every human being. Whether you are a year-round Islander, a summer resident or guest, or a first-time visitor, we very much hope you enjoy your time with us. Come as you are, come be who you are, and see!
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St. Andrew’s began in 1895 as an Episcopal mission, and by 1910 the church building was consecrated. It features Tiffany stained-glass windows and a pulpit the shape of a dory.
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We are located on the beautiful Island of Martha’s Vineyard. If that’s not reason enough to make it out here, learn more about our endearing Episcopal church.
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St. Andrew’s is an episcopal Church, part of the world-wide Anglican Communion, and a member of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts.
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Church Office: 1-508-627-5330 Rector’s e-mail: fatherchip@standrewsmv.org Office e-mail: office@standrewsmv.org Office Fax: 1-508-627-4318
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RECTOR’S MESSAGE

Greetings, friend! And welcome to our website…we’re so glad you found us! It’s a little hard to describe all the things that are happening here at St. Andrew’s, but I have to say this: Great things are definitely happening, and it’s exciting. Really.  For those who’ve wondered about church these days, this might be a good church to try. I believe all of us have a hunger and thirst inside that can’t be satisfied by food and water. It’s our spiritual side, and life becomes wonderful when we pay attention to it and explore it. The trick is to find a space that can help us nurture our spiritual lives and grow in a safe and welcoming environment.  Some churches are better than others at providing that sort of environment. Those that succeed work for success. We at St. Andrew’s have joyfully undertaken that work.  If you are seeking a place that is renewing itself, we might be just the right fit for you. And if you have a family, this might be a great fit for them, too. A good church can be a wonderful help and lift in life—and in ways that might surprise us.>> read more
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OUR reVISION PROCESS IS GOING GREAT!  We had an AMAZING “Convergence Summit” on November 24, when the Small Groups that had been meeting together for weeks introduced the “Four Pillars” we will focus on, over the next 120 days, to create our community of love.  They are:

  • Becoming—and Being—a Welcoming and Engaging Family
  • Generating Inspiring and Celebratory Worship
  • Supporting Learning, Growing and Healing
  • Serving our Neighbors and our World

 

Already we have more than forty parishioners signed up to participate in one of these four Proposal Team areas, and WE’RE HOPING YOU’D LIKE TO GET ON THE BANDWAGON AND SIGN UP, TOO!  (Our goal is SIXTY!)  Teams will begin meeting after January 12, when we will have a Potluck Brunch following worship.  This is a chance not to be missed!  Please sign up in the church or in the Parish Hall today!   There will be ONE SERVICE ONLY AT 9:00 AM ON JANUARY 12th !

 

PLEASE BRING YOUR CANS TO CHURCH!  It’s time to help out our island friends and neighbors who are going through some tough times.  Please try to remember to bring something with you when you come to church—non-perishable items that haven’t expired.  Please place your blessings in the baskets when you enter the church or in the green plastic tub in the Parish House hallway. Questions?  Would like to volunteer?  Please email Liz and Bob Huss at boblizhuss@gmail.com —and thanks for your caring hearts!

 

A NEW CENTERING PRAYER GROUP IS BEGINNING AT ST ANDREW’S!  Centering Prayer is a classic, wise and time-proven way of being drawn into a relationship with God.  Participants learn to develop an appreciation of the present moment, and let go of attachments that tend to encumber us.  Instead of trying to “do it all ourselves,” participants learn to let go and let God guide them.  WHY NOT GIVE IT A TRY?  THE NEW GROUP WILL BEGIN ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 2 AT 5:30 PM IN THE PARISH HOUSE.  NO EXPERIENCE  NECESSARY!  BRING A FRIEND OR TWO!

 

NOMINATIONS FOR VESTRY ARE NOW BEING TAKEN:  One of our Wardens, Jessica Buckley, has decided not to seek another one-year term as Warden, and there will be two Vestry Member-at-Large seats (3-year terms) available at our election in January, at our Annual Meeting.   Don’t be bashful!  Please see a Vestry member (list is at the end of the bulletin) or Father Chip if you’d like to run, or have any questions about it.

 

HOUSES OF GRACE OVERNIGHT WINTER SHELTER PROGRAM begins the night of January 1 and runs through March 31.  Please see Father Chip if you’d like to volunteer.  If you’d like to make a donation to help us with expenses, checks should be made payable to Permanent Endowment for MV and delivered to Father Chip.  Your help is appreciated!

 

ISLAND COMMUNITY SUPPERS AT ST ANDREW’S CHURCH BEGIN JANUARY 6  and run every Monday night (beginning at 5:30 pm) through March.  Feel free to join your neighbors for a free hot meal and lots of good cheer—and bring some friends!

 

THE NEXT NEIGHBORHOOD CONVENTION will meet Tuesday, January 7, at 11 am, at Grace Church in Vineyard Haven.  Betsy Burmeister, Windemere Recreation Therapy Director, will be speaking about “Innovative Activities for Elders”.  Bring a bag lunch and a friend.  All are welcome!